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Raiden seated with his drum: O.59-1991

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Raiden seated with his drum






Netsuke: katabori: Raiden seated with his drum. Wood, carved. Scowling, unshaven figure of Raiden seated on a cloud, his left arm resting on his thunder drum, his hand supporting his head; his right arm around his leg, his bag hanging at his waist. Fine incising and black ink details to tiger-skin loin cloth and leggings. His eyes are of ivory with dark pupils; his drum with two bands of raised, shiny black beading. Himotoshi at the rear of the drum and cloud.


History note: H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.1 cm
Width: 4.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Edo Period (1615-1868)
19th century
Circa 1800 - 1868

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Components of the work

Detailing composed of black ink
Inlay composed of ivory

Materials used in production

Wood (plant material)

Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, carved, incised with inalid decoration and ink detailing

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.59-1991
Primary reference Number: 22318
Old object number: JAPWA/779
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 13 May 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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